The R2B2 project team held a day-long symposium in April 2016 that provided an opportunity for stakeholders to reflect on preliminary results of the R2B2 project, to present emerging initiatives, such as the SWIFT network and to provide recommendations to those involved in action research processes for regional and rural broadband in Southwestern Ontario.

The study will identify promising local strategies that are responding to this issue and will include interviews with individuals with “lived experience” of homelessness in rural and northern settings. The project is being sponsored under the Province’s Municipal Research and Analysis Grant.

How can rural communities make public and community transportation work? This was the question on everyone’s mind at our recent forum, Moving Ahead on Rural and Community Transportation, on March 29, 2016 in Sutton Ontario

ROI Board member (and Trent Hills councillor) Cathy Redden appeared on The Agenda Thursday April 14 in conversation with Steve Paikin.

Community assessment projects like the Community Oxford initiative are just one way ROI is engaging rural stakeholders through our Measuring Rural Community Vitality initiative.

A cartoon by Dan Hammond in the March 4 issue of the Wellington Advertiser makes reference to the Rural Ontario Institute’s latest report, the Rural Municipal Councillor Profile. While this cartoon is of course tongue-in-cheek, it also supports the principle objective of this overall initiative, to inspire discussion on the important issue of rural municipal leadership succession.

The Force Is With Us

Date: February 18, 2016

A week ago on February 9th I was in West Carleton to kick-off our newest community collaboration. Here is what Julie McKercher the Community Developer on the project had to say about how this all came about;

“It came to my attention through the Councillors office that clergy from around the area were asking questions about how the aging communities of West Carleton could be better supported. I could go on, but suffice it to say that with funding for evaluation, the United Way happy to see my gaze turned towards the needs of rural seniors and caregivers, and with partnerships flourishing with key community organizations, the synergies were and continue to be strong on a number of fronts. The force is with us, as it were, and planets seem to be aligning.” Julie McKercher, Community Developer

Megan Raftis grew up in Harriston, Ontario, a small rural community of about 2,000 people located in Wellington County. Megan is active in the local arts community through her involvement as local youth representative on the Minto Cultural Roundtable where her experience and age provide a unique perspective to this committee. This group supports culture in the community and Megan has been active in helping with storytelling events, culture days and a variety of other activities.

Branden Trochymchuk has been described by colleagues as an intelligent, articulate, well-rounded, and driven young man who embraces life and constantly challenges himself to learn and grow. Branden is 16 years old and attends Grade 11 at St. Ignatius High School in Thunder Bay and spends summers in the Township of Hornepayne, 450 km northeast of Sault Ste. Marie.

Emily Morrison hails from Lucknow, Ontario and currently resides in Beaverton, Ontario – a small rural community nestled in Brock Township, along the shores of Lake Simcoe. Emily’s story for the Youth Engagement Showcase features not only her own involvements in her community, but some of the youth programming she has been instrumental in developing as well – programming that engages youth in the community, while fostering important entrepreneurial skills they will retain as they carry on in their lives.